Dave Nassaney is a baby boomer, entrepreneur, author, speaker, life coach, consultant, gas station owner for over 40 years, and radio talk-show host to caregivers who are burned out. But his most important role is being a caregiver to his lovely wife, Charlene, who suffered a stroke 18 years ago. As a result, she lost her speech and is paralyzed on her right side. Her amazing attitude makes her easy to care for. She was a cross between Martha Stewart and Wonder Woman before her stroke, and still does many of the things she used to, but this time, in essence, she does it with one arm and one leg tied behind her back, and she might as well have duct tape over her mouth because she cannot speak.
Dave's latest book that he is now working on is entitled: "The Caregiver's Caregiver, A Guide to Avoiding Burnout & Surviving Grief." It is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselves FIRST. If they don't learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for.
Charlene has inspired Dave to do many things he never imagined before, like writing, singing, hosting a radio show, and speaking. All of these seemed as impossible as becoming an astronaut to him at the time. At the age of 60, he is living his dreams, even the ones that he never knew he had!
Dave talks about having grace in his life; how he has managed to adapt to a new comfort zone; caregiver support groups and; what he's does to also care for himself.
Dave shares perspectives on how to survive grief as well as the importance of planning around matters we don't think we'd ever need or be subjected to, including long-term care coverage, having difficult conversations with loved ones now, and his take on living in the middle of the metaphorical sandwich (generation).
His parting recommendation: Put yourself first and don't feel guilty! Additional information about Dave and be found at his website: www.DaveNass.com